Lightning Snake (Cobalt) Collaboration with Joe David
Joe David’s collaborative work with Preston Singletary has produced some of the most dynamic contemporary glass work in the region. This piece depicts a Lightning Snake headdress, which comes from Joe David’s Nuu-chah-nulth culture, from the West side of Vancouver Island. At left is an image of a contemporary sculpture by Tom Patterson (Nuu-chah-nulth) depicting a man wearing a Lightning Snake headdress.
The Thunderbird and Lightning Snakes are a central element in Nuu-chah-nulth culture, extending back centuries. The myth tells of Thunderbird, the giant supernatural whale-eating bird that lives high in the mountains along the Pacific Coast. When Thunderbird spreads his wings it creates thunder claps; and when he grabs a lightning snake and hurls it into the sea to hunt whales, bolts of lightning appear.
Presented in partnership with Traver Gallery.